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The Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp., along with other local organizations, was named one of only 26 nationwide winners of a “Local Foods, Local Places” federal competition to help revitalize the city’s economy through local food-system development.

Officials from the federal Appalachian Regional Commission, the Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency will be at the Common Wealth Kitchen Incubator, 907 Elm St., at 3:30 p.m. today to make the announcement about all of the winners. The 26 winners were chosen from 316 applicants.

During my two-year tenure as a Strong Cities, Strong Communities Fellow in Youngstown, Ohio I found myself asking “What is Youngstown’s future? Will it truly recover from Black Monday and the darkest days of deindustrialization, population loss and economic challenges?”

Earlier this year, the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation (YNDC) and the City of Youngstown held a series of public meetings to gather feedback from residents regarding the conditions of their neighborhoods.

A state park organization honored the Glenwood Community Park on the city’s South Side with a second-place award in its best partnership category.

With the amount of abandoned buildings in Youngstown, many ask why not just tear them down.